Category Archives: Media Releases

5-13-21 Public Invited to Coffee With a Cop Events in Waimea

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentSouth Kohala Community Policing – Area IIOfficer Justin CabantingPhone: (808) 887-3080 Media Release  In an effort to engage with the South Kohala community, Hawaiʻi Police Department’s South Kohala Community Policing Section invites you to join them for two “Coffee with a Cop” events this month in Waimea. The events will be held from […]

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5-13-21 Police Renew Request for Information on 2020 South Kohala Murder

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IILieutenant Edwin BuytenPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 266Report No.: 20-014412 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are renewing their request for the public’s assistance in providing information on the murder of Smriti Saxena, whose body was found on the southern shoreline of ʻAnaehoʻomalu Bay on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. An […]

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5-12-21 Police Identify Victim in Coroner’s Inquest (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IILieutenant Edwin BuytenPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 266Report No.: 21-034326 Media Release After notification of next of kin, the man that was found in need of medical attention at the Kailua Pier on Friday, April 30, 2021, has been positively identified as 73-year-old Stephen Lacey of Kailua-Kona. The investigation […]

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5-12-21 Woman Killed in Kona Traffic Collision Identified

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement Unit – Area IISergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No.: 21-037502 Media Release A 37-year-old Kailua-Kona woman died following a three vehicle collision that occurred on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, on Queen Kaahumanu Highway, .3 miles south of the 86 mile marker. The woman has been positively identified as Megan […]

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5-11-21 Officer Travis Wong Recipient of Haweo Award

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentKona PatrolSergeant Aron TomotaPhone: (808) 935-3311 Media Release Hawai‘i Police Department announces that Officer Travis Wong was recognized as the department’s first recipient of the Haweo Award, which he received during a ceremony held at Hawai‘i County Council chambers in Kona on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. The award was presented by the Council’s […]

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5-11-21 Runaway Scott Kapeli-Spencer Located (Update)

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IOfficer Corey M. Kaneko, K-9 HandlerPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 21-002587 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police announce that 13-year-old Scott Kapeli-Spencer of Hilo, who was previously reported as a runaway, was located in good health in Puna on May 11, 2021.

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5-11-21 Kona Coffee With a Cop Event Rescheduled

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCommunity Policing – Area IISergeant Michael HardiePhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 259 Media Release Hawai‘i Police Department announces a change in one of the upcoming Kona Coffee with a Cop sessions taking place this month. The “Coffee with a Cop” event slated for Friday, May 21, at Kona Coffee and Tea, in the Kona […]

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5-11-21 Woman Killed in Traffic Collision on Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona PatrolSergeant Marco K. SegobiaPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 245Report No.: 21-037502 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are investigating a fatal traffic collision that occurred shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2021, on Queen Kaahumanu Highway near the 86 mile marker in Kona. When Kona patrol officers responded to a report of a […]

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5-11-21 Hilo Man Arrested Following Stabbing Incident

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-036860 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police detectives arrested a Hilo man in connection with a stabbing incident that occurred in Hilo on Saturday, May 8, 2021. Shortly after 10:45 p.m. South Hilo patrol officers responded to the old Pu‘ueo Poi Factory on […]

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5-11-21 Five Men Arrested for Child Sex Solicitation as Part of Operation Keiki Shield

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area ILieutenant Sandor FinkeyPhone: (808) 961-2254Report Numbers: 21-036237, 21-036249, 21-036489, 21-036555, 21-036732 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have charged five men for child sex solicitation as part of a multi-agency undercover investigation to catch online child predators. Between Thursday, May 6 and Saturday, May 8, Operation Keiki Shield East […]

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5-10-21 DUI Stats

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of May 3, 2021, through May 9, 2021, Hawai‘i Island police arrested 32 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Six of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. Three of the drivers were under the […]

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5-10-21 Missing Ocean View Man Bryan Wyler Located (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentKa‘ū Patrol DivisionSergeant Eric OntiverosPhone: (808) 939-2520Report No.: 21-036119 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 50-year-old Bryan Wyler, who was previously reported as missing, has been located in Ocean View in good health.

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5-10-21 Police Honor Fallen Officers During National Police Week

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefChief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special […]

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5-10-21 Police Launch Unsolved Homicides Website

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefChief Paul FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release Steadfast in its pursuit of identifying those who take the life of another, Hawai‘i Police Department announces the launch of an Unsolved Homicides site within its website: https://www.hawaiipolice.com/unsolved-homicides. The department believes every victim deserves justice, and that the deceased victim’s family, friends, and […]

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5-07-21 Police Ask for Public’s Assistance Locating Missing Ocean View Man Bryan Wyler

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentKa‘ū Patrol DivisionSergeant Eric OntiverosPhone: (808) 939-2520Report No.: 21-036119 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s assistance locating 50-year-old Bryan Wyler of Ocean View, who was reported missing. Wyler is described as Caucasian with a medium build, 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, with brown buzzed-cut hair and blue eyes. He […]

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5-07-21 Kona Woman Charged for Auto Thefts

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IILieutenant Edwin A. Buyten                Phone: (808) 326-4646, Ext 266Report No.: 21-034772 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have charged 28-year-old Brenda Lee Jose, of Kailua-Kona, in connection with two auto thefts. On Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at 1:00 p.m., Kona patrol officers, along with officers of the Area II Special […]

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5-07-21 Public Invited to Attend Kona Coffee with a Cop Events in May

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCommunity Policing – Area IISergeant Michael HardiePhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 259 Media Release Hawai‘i Police Department invites area residents to attend two “Coffee with a Cop” talk story sessions this month in Kona. The events will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on the following dates: Friday, May 14, 2021, at […]

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5-05-21 DUI Stats

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of April 26, 2021, through May 2, 2021, Hawai`i Island police arrested 22 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Five of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. Three of the drivers were under the […]

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5-05-21 Road Closure in Hōnaunau May 7 Due to Police Investigation

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement Unit – Area IISergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No. 21-022130 (Update) Media Release Hawai‘i police announce a temporary road closure of Keala O Keawe Road (Highway 160) near the scenic point above Pu’uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park on Friday, May 7, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. […]

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5-04-21 Police Charge Hakalau Man for Drug Offenses

Hawai‘i Police Department                           Vice Section – Area 1Lieutenant Royce SerraoPhone: (808) 961-2253Report No.: 21-034116 Media Release Hawai‘i Police Department vice detectives charged a 58-year-old Hakalau man last week for several drug offenses stemming from a search warrant executed at a residence in Hakalau. Personnel from the Area I Vice Section executed a narcotics search warrant on […]

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5-04-21 Officer Davis Honored as Officer of the Month for Consistently De-escalating Tense Situations

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolCaptain John BriskiPhone: (808) 965-2716 Media Release Citing his ability to consistently de-escalate potentially dangerous situations and his professionalism, Officer Laurence Davis was recently honored by the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawai‘i as Officer of the Month for March 2021. Relatively new to the department with just two years of service […]

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5-04-21 Missing Kona Man Nesbit Located (Update)

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IILieutenant Edwin A. BuytenPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 266Report No.: 21-034578 Media Release The Hawaiʻi Police Department reports that 36-year-old Kyle Nesbit of Kailua-Kona, who had previously been reported as missing, has been located in good health. The police department would like to thank the public for their assistance.

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5-03-21 Officer Ragocos Honored as Officer of the Month

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHāmākua PatrolCaptain Regino SaludaresPhone: (808) 775-7533 Media Release Exemplifying positive and “out of the box” thinking in his role as a School Resource Officer, Officer Blake Ragocos was recently honored by the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawai‘i as Officer of the Month for February 2021. As the only School Resource Officer in […]

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5-03-21 Police Open Coroner’s Inquest into Kona Death

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IILieutenant Edwin BuytenPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 266Report No.: 21-034326 Media Release At approximately 1:16 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021, Kona Patrol and Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) officers responded to a call at the Kailua Pier of a man in need of medical attention. Upon […]

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5-03-21 Police Ask Assistance in Locating Missing Kona Man Kyle Nesbett

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona PatrolSergant Marco K. SegobiaPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-034578 Media Release The Hawai‘i Police Department is seeking the community’s assistance in locating 36-year-old Kyle Nesbett of Kailua-Kona, who has been reported missing by his family and co-workers.  Nesbet is described as Caucasian, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 260 pounds, with gray hair and […]

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4-30-21 Pahoa Man Charged for Felony Abuse and Firearm Offenses

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area ILieutenant Sandor FinkeyPhone: (808) 961-2254Report No.: 21-033710 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have charged a 47-year-old Pahoa man with felony abuse and firearm charges stemming from an incident in lower Puna earlier this week. At 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, Puna police made contact with a […]

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4-30-21 Look Before You Lock Your Car

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release As the weather in Hawai‘i heats up, the Hawai‘i Police Department wants everyone to be aware of how dangerous a hot car can be for a child. On an 80-degree day a vehicle can reach over 100 degrees in 15 minutes. That […]

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4-28-21 Kawaihae Road Now Open (Update)

Hawai’i Police Department Acting Captain Robert Pauole South Kohala Station ​​​​​​​Phone: (808) 887-3080 Media Release As of 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2021, Hawai’i Police Department reports that Kawaihae Road between the 63 and 64 mile marker is open in both directions. Hawaii Police Department thanks the public for their patience.

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4-28-21 Puna Murder Suspect Charged

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-033130 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have charged 32-year-old Daris Paul Pacheco, of Volcano, with murder, terroristic threatening, burglary, and an array of drug and firearm-related offenses stemming from the shooting death of his neighbor in Aloha Estates on Monday afternoon, […]

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4-28-21 Kawaihae Road Remains Reduced to One Lane Due to Utility Work (Update)

Hawai’i Police Department Acting Captain Robert Pauole South Kohala Station ​​​​​​​Phone: (808) 887-3080 Media Release As of 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2021, Hawai’i Police Department reports that Kawaihae Road between the 63 and 64 mile marker will remain reduced to one lane of contra-flowed traffic for another few hours as crews continue to work on the […]

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4-27-21 Puna Murder Victim Identified

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-033130 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have identified the man shot to death at his residence in the Aloha Estates subdivision of Puna on Monday, April 26, 2021, as 59-year-old Jay Allen Freeman of Volcano.   Shortly before 1:00 p.m. on […]

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4-27-21 S. Kohala Warrant Sweep Results in 7 Arrests

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Kohala DistrictSergeant Thomas Chun-MingPhone: (808) 887-3080 Media Release As part of a joint-agency operation, a team of officers from various units within Hawai’i Police Department and the United States Marshals Service conducted a warrant sweep in the South Kohala District on April 19, 2021, resulting in the arrest of seven individuals wanted […]

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4-27-21 Traffic Stop Yields Slew of Domestic Offense Charges

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IILieutenant Scott KurashigePhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 230 Report No.: 21-032329 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have arrested and charged 27-year-old Adam Kahekili Kepoo of Honoka‘a with an array of offenses stemming from a domestic incident that occurred in a vehicle in Kawaihae on Friday, April 23, 2021. While […]

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4-27-21 DUI Stats

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of April 19, 2021, through April 25, 2021, Hawai`i Island police arrested 21 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Three of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. Three of the drivers were under the […]

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4-26-21 Police Investigating Puna Murder

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-033130 Media Release A 32-year-old Puna man was taken into custody without incident following a shooting that left a 59-year-old Volcano man dead. On Monday, April 26, 2021, at about 12:37 p.m., police responded to a residence on Nau Nani Road in […]

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4-23-21 Officer Lewis Honored as Officer of the Month for Proactive Community Policing

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCommunity Policing SectionLieutenant William DerrPhone: (808) 961-2350 Media Release For his outstanding proactive approach to community policing and dedication to duty, Officer Matthew Lewis, a 13-year veteran of Hawai‘i Police Department, was recognized Tuesday, April 20, 2021, by the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawai‘i as Officer of the Month for January 2021. […]

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4-23-21 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Runaway Kaleo Genda in North Kohala

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentNorth Kohala PatrolOfficer Emerson ParanadaPhone: (808) 889-6540Report No.: 21-031936 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are searching for 15-year-old Kaleo James Genda of Kamuela who was reported as a runaway by his family. Genda was last seen in the Kohala Ranch subdivision on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, around 6 p.m. leaving the area on […]

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4-22-21 Hilo Man Charged with Felony Assault

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSergeant Frank MohicaSouth Hilo PatrolPhone: (808) 961-8112Report No.: 21-028582 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have charged 37-year-old Zachary Babosh of Volcano with assault in the first degree after an early morning assault on Saturday, April 10,, 2021.  Police responded to Hilo Medical Center on the morning of April 10 for a report of […]

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4-22-21 Police Renew Request for Assistance in Locating Missing Kailua-Kona Man Tyler Gorloff

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 19-033139 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are renewing their request for the public’s assistance in locating 32-year-old Tyler James Gorloff of Kailua-Kona, who was reported missing two years ago. He was last seen at MacKenzie State Recreation Area in lower Puna on […]

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4-22-21 Hilo Couple Charged with Vehicle Theft

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-024872 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have arrested and charged a Hilo couple with the theft of an elderly woman’s vehicle. On Friday evening, April 16, 2021, South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a retail establishment on Maka‘ala Street in Hilo […]

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4-21-21 Ka‘ū Woman Arrested for Outstanding Warrants and Auto Theft

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IILieutenant Edwin A. Buyten                 Phone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 266Report No.: 20-097171 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have located 30-year-old Maria Girangaya of Ocean View who was wanted for several outstanding warrants, as well as questioning in connection with an ongoing criminal investigation. On Tuesday April 20, 2021, at 1:00 […]

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04-21-21 Drug Take-Back This Saturday for Unused or Expired Medication Disposal

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefPolice Chief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release The Hawaiʻi Police Department is encouraging members of the public to take part in a nationwide prescription drug take-back initiative taking place on Saturday April 24, 2021, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Unused, unneeded, or expired prescription medications can be […]

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4-20-21 Police Ask for Public’s Assistance in Locating Runaway John Histo III

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Alipate MoleniPhone: (808) 965-2716 Report No.: 21-029703 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old John Histo III of Mountain View who was reported as a runaway. Histo was last seen on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at 12:15 p.m., in the Mountain View area. He is […]

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4-20-21 Hawai‘i Police Sign Waving to Promote Sober Driving

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCommunity Policing SectionLieutenant William DerrPhone: (808) 961-2350 Media Release As part of Hawai‘i Police Department’s (HPD) ongoing outreach efforts during Distracted Driving Month, HPD and the County of Hawai‘i Office of the Prosecuting Attorney are teaming up to remind the public that April is also Alcohol Awareness Month. In conjunction with this national […]

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4-19-21 DUI Stats

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of April 12, 2021, through April 18, 2021, Hawai‘i Island police arrested 31 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Three of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. None of the drivers were under the […]

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4-19-21 Runaway Aidyn Cruse Found (Update)

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IOfficer Corey M. Kaneko, K-9 HandlerPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 21-029339 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 16-year-old Aidyn Cruse, who was reported as a runaway last week, was located in Hilo in good health on April 17, 2021.

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4-16-21 Runaway Kaniho Found (Update)

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IOfficer Corey M. Kaneko, K-9 HandlerPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 21-003137 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 15-year-old Kealii Kaniho, who was reported as a runaway in January, was located in South Kohala in good health on April 15, 2021.

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4-15-21 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Runaway Eddy Rodrigues Jr.

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolSergeant Charrise WakitaPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 21-029760 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are searching for 17-year-old Eddy Rodrigues Jr. of Pāhoa, who was reported missing. Eddy Rodrigues Jr. was last seen in Pāhoa on Monday, April 5, 2021. He is described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall, 150 pounds, with light […]

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4-14-21 Police Seeking Four Persons of Interest in Waikoloa Resort Theft

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IILieutenant Edwin A. BuytenPhone: (808) 326-4646  Ext. 266Report No.: 21-019574 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying four persons of interest for theft and related incidents that occurred at a hotel on Waikoloa Beach Drive in South Kohala. On Wednesday, March 10, […]

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4-14-21 Police Seek Hilo Man on Outstanding Warrants

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo Community PolicingOfficer Tyler JelsmaPhone: (808) 961-8849Report No.: C15003381 and C15008676 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 31-year-old Bronson Isaac Kaleo Lee of Hilo, who has outstanding warrants for his arrest totaling $100,000. The warrants are for revocation of his release on bail.  Lee is […]

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4-14-21 Road Closure in Hōnaunau April 15 Due to Police Investigation

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement Unit – Area IISergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No. 21-022130 (Update) Media Release Hawai‘i police announce a temporary road closure of Keala O Keawe Road (Highway 160) near the scenic point above Pu’uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park on Thursday, April 15, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Motorists […]

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4-14-21 Police Ask for Public’s Assistance Regarding Radio Tower Battery Theft

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IILieutenant Edwin BuytenPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 266Report No.: 21-027499 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating more than a dozen deep-cycle batteries with an estimated value of $3,900 that were removed from a radio tower in a remote area of Kaʻū during the […]

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4-14-21 Police Renew Request in Locating Runaway Maycee Ahsui-Mendoza

Hawaii Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IOfficer Corey M. Kaneko, K-9 HandlerPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 21-024833 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are renewing their request for the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Maycee Ahsui-Mendoza of Pahoa who was reported as a runaway. Ahsui-Mendoza was last seen in the Kea‘au area on Sunday, March 28, […]

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4-14-21 DUI Stats

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of April 5, 2021, through April 11, 2021, Hawai‘i Island police arrested 22 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Four of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. None of the drivers were under the […]

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4-13-21 Police Ask for Public’s Assistance in Locating Pāhoa Runaway Aidyn Grace Cruse

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Terence ScanlanPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-029339 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Aidyn Grace Cruse, from Pāhoa, who was reported a runaway. Cruse was last seen on April 12, 2021, at 9:00 p.m., in the area of Ainaloa subdivision. She is described as […]

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4-13-21 Police Charge Volcano Man with Sexual Assault

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area ILieutenant Sandor FinkeyPhone: (808) 961-2254Report No.: 21-028775 Media Release The Hawai‘i Police Department has charged 46-year-old James Michael Taylor of Volcano with sexual assault.  Just before 5 a.m. on Sunday, April 11, 2021, Puna patrol officers responded to a report of a sexual assault in the Volcano area. […]

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4-13-21 Police Charge Hilo Man with Burglary and Theft Offenses

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo Patrol DivisionLieutenant Tuck Loy D. AurelloPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-028810 Media Release Hawai’i Island police have arrested and charged 31-year-old George A. Labrador of Hilo with burglary and theft offenses. At 9:22 a.m. on Sunday, April 11, 2021, Hilo patrol officers responded to a burglary of a business in the 200 […]

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4-12-21 Police Dispatchers Honored During National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefChief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release Hawai‘i County dispatchers were honored today in a ceremony at the Hawai‘i Police Department in Hilo as part of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, also known as “Dispatch Week”, which runs from April 11-17, 2021. Initially set up in 1981 by Patricia […]

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4-11-21 Police Renew Request for Assistance in Locating Missing Kaʻū Man

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section – Area IILieutenant Edwin A. BuytenPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 266Report No.: 20-064241 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for the public’s assistance in locating a 38-year-old Kaʻū man who was reported missing more than a year ago. Christopher-Jay K. Baird was last seen in the Hawaiian Ocean […]

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4-11-21 Kea’au Man Killed in Ka’u Motorcycle Crash

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement Unit – Area IISergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No.: 21-028633 Media Release A 60-year-old Kea‘au man died following a single-vehicle collision in Ka‘u on Saturday, April 10, 2021, .3 miles west (makai) of the 68.5 mile marker on Highway 11. The man has been positively identified as Ray Allen […]

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4-09-21 Public Invited to Attend Kona Coffee with a Cop Events in April

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCommunity Policing – Area IISergeant Michael HardiePhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 259 Media Release Continuing their outreach with the west Hawai‘i community, Hawai‘i Police Department invites area residents to attend two “Coffee with a Cop” talk story sessions this month in Kona. The events will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on […]

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4-09-21 April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release In response to national data that has shown a 10 percent increase in distracted driving since 2018, federal safety officials and Hawai‘i Police Department have launched a new driver safety campaign this month, intended to raise awareness about the risks associated with […]

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4-08-21 Ka‘ū Woman Wanted on Several Outstanding Warrants

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IILieutenant Edwin Buyten                      Phone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 266Report No.: 20-097171 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 29-year-old Maria Girangaya  of Ka‘ū who is wanted on several outstanding bench warrants, as well as for questioning in connection with other criminal investigations. Girangaya is […]

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4-08-21 Police Seek Four Suspects for Thefts in Waikoloa and Waimea

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Kohala Police StationSergeant Erich JacksonPhone: (808) 887-3080Report No.: 21-027316 and 21-027384 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying four people involved in two separate thefts at stores in Waimea and Waikoloa. On Monday, April 5, 2021, four people entered a grocery store in Waikoloa between 6:25 […]

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4-07-21 Police Seek Waikoloa Man on Outstanding Warrant

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Kohala Police StationSergeant Erich JacksonPhone: (808) 887-3080 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 28-year-old Chace Kakela Gambill, of Waikoloa, who has an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The warrant is for resisting an order to stop a motor vehicle and driving without a valid driver’s […]

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4-07-21 Police Renew Request for Assistance in Locating Six Runaways

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IOfficer Corey M. Kaneko, K-9 HandlerPhone: (808) 961-8843 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are renewing their request in asking for the public’s assistance in locating six runaways. Each runaway has previously been featured in separate releases. Police ask anyone with information on the whereabouts of any of the […]

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4-07-21 Aloha Exchange Club Announces 2020 Officer and Firefighter of the Year

Hawaiʻi Police Department                                               Office of the ChiefChief Paul Ferreira                                                        Phone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi recognized South Hilo Patrol Officer Joshua Willing as 2020 Officer of the Year and Hawai‘i Fire Department Battalion Chief Keoki Brown as Firefighter of the Year in recent ceremonies. Typically, the Club holds […]

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4-06-21 DUI Stats

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of March 29, 2021, through April 4, 2021, Hawai‘i Island police arrested 29 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Six of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. None of the drivers were under the […]

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4-05-21 Police Investigating Shooting in Ka‘ū

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section – Area IILieutenant Edwin A. BuytenPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 266Report No.: 21-026306 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have initiated an attempted murder investigation following an incident that occurred on Saturday, April 3, 2021, in the Hawai’ian Ocean View Estates subdivision in Ka‘ū. At approximately 12:30 a.m., Ka‘ū patrol officers responded […]

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4-05-21 Missing Woman Rebecca Roth Located (Update)

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Kohala PatrolSergeant Thomas Chun-MingPhone: (808) 887-3080Report No.: 21-026350 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that Rebecca Roth, who was previously reported as a missing person, was located today, April 5, 2021, in good health. The Hawai‘i Police Department would like to thank the public for providing vital information that resulted in Roth […]

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4-05-21 Volcano Man Charged with Theft, Gun, and Drug Offenses

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentLieutenant Sandor FinkeyJuvenile Aid Section – Area IPhone: (808) 961-2254Report No.: 21-026224 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have charged a 42-year-old Volcano man with gun, theft, and drug offenses after an incident in Glenwood last week. Responding to a noise complaint on Leila Road in the Fern Forest subdivision in Glenwood on Friday, […]

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4-05-21 Runaway Cumlat-Lewis Found (Update)

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IOfficer Corey M. Kaneko, K-9 HandlerPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 21-022145 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police report that 13-year-old Chanel Cumlat-Lewis, who was reported as a runaway last month, was located in Puna in good health on April 3, 2021.

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4-01-21 Police Encourage People to Take Community Satisfaction Survey

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefChief Paul FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release Hawai‘i Police Chief Paul K. Ferreira invites members of the public to take the department’s Community Satisfaction Survey, which runs today, April 1, 2021, through 4:00 p.m. April 30, 2021. “In keeping with our department’s Vision Statement that the Hawaiʻi Police Department is […]

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3-31-21 Police Identify Man Killed in Kona Altercation (Update #2)

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IILieutenant Edwin A. BuytenPhone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 266Report No.: 21-024773 Media Release (Update #2) Hawai`i Island police have identified the man who died after a physical altercation on Monday, March 29, 2021 as 30 year-old Abhishek Gupta of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  On Monday morning, March 29, 2021, shortly after […]

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3-31-21 Visitor Charged with Manslaughter (Update)

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IILieutenant Edwin A. BuytenPhone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 266Report No.: 21-024773 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have charged 37-year-old Benjamin Fleming of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with manslaughter in connection with the death of a 30-year-old man following an altercation that took place Monday, March 29, 2021, in Kailua-Kona. On Monday, […]

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3-30-21 DUI Stats

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release  During the week of March 22, 2021, through March 28, 2021, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 19 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Two of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. One of the drivers was under the […]

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3-29-21 Two Men Arrested in Kona for Manslaughter

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IILieutenant Edwin A. BuytenPhone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 266Report No.: 21-024773 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are investigating the death of a 30-year-old man after being involved in a reported physical altercation with his roommates at a vacation rental.  At 2:09 a.m. on Monday, March 29, 2021, dispatch received […]

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3-29-21 Police Ask for Public’s Assistance in Locating Puna Runaway Maycee Ahsui-Mendoza

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Chad SatoPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 21-024833 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Maycee Ahsui-Mendoza, who was reported as a runaway. Ahsui-Mendoza was last seen in the Keaau area on Sunday, March 28, 2021, at 8:00 p.m., wearing a gray and white hoodie style […]

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3-29-21 Suspect Sought in Kona Store Theft

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona PatrolOfficer Joshua K. N. StenderPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 245Report No.: 21-022428 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are investigating a theft that occurred on Saturday, March 20, 2021, shortly before 4 p.m., at a large retail store in Kailua-Kona. At 2:43 p.m. an unidentified man was observed walking into the store and using […]

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3-25-21 Police Identify Woman Killed in Captain Cook Crash

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement Unit – Area IISergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No.: 21-022130 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police have identified a 19-year-old Kailua-Kona woman who died following a single-vehicle collision in Captain Cook on Friday, March 19, 2021, as Erika Fredrika Neilson. Responding to a 7 p.m. call, police determined that a […]

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3-25-21 Police Identify Man Who Died in Custody After Crime Spree (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Division – Area IICaptain Thomas Shopay IIIPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 263Report No.: 21-022318 Media Release Police have identified a man who died in custody on Saturday, March 20, 2021, as 29-year-old Charren Ornellas with a last known address in Hilo.  Police are awaiting toxicology and histology results from an autopsy conducted […]

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3-24-21 Ka‘ū Woman Wanted on Warrants Located (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Ka‘ū Patrol Division Captain Miles Chong Phone: (808) 939-2520 Report No.: 21-023102 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have located 31-year-old Valerie Sanchez of Ocean View, who was wanted on three outstanding warrants and for questioning in connection with other criminal incidents. She was arrested Tuesday morning, March 23, 2021, in Ocean View. […]

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3-24-21 Driver in Hilo Fatal Traffic Accident Identified

Hawai‘i Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit – Area I Sergeant Jeremy Riddle Phone: (808) 961-2391 Report No.: 21-023172 Media Release A 75-year-old Hilo man, identified as Franklin Dacanay, died following a five vehicle collision on Tuesday afternoon, March 23, 2021, in the area of the Ainaola Drive and Mikokoi Street intersection in Hilo. Police responded […]

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3-23-21 Police Investigating Fatal Traffic Accident in Hilo

Hawai‘i Police Department South Hilo Patrol Captain Reed K. Mahuna Phone: (808) 961-2214 Report No.: 21-023172 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are investigating a fatal traffic accident that occurred shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2021, on Ainaola Drive in Hilo. When Hilo patrol officers responded to a report of a traffic accident on […]

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3-23-21 Missing Elderly Puna Man Tokoyi Morimoto Found (Update)

Hawai‘i Police Department Puna Patrol Sergeant Aaron Kaeo Phone: (808) 935-3311 or (808) 965-2716 Report No.: 21-022802 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police report that 95-year-old Toyoki Morimoto, who was reported missing Monday, March 22, 2021, was located this morning in Hilo in good health. 

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3-23-21 DUI Stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Torey D. Keltner, Program Manager Phone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release  During the week of March 15, 2021, through March 21, 2021, Hawai‘i Island police arrested 24 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Four of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. One of the drivers […]

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3-22-21 Police Ask for Public’s Assistance in Locating 95-year-old Tokoyi Morimoto Missing in Puna

Hawai‘i Police Department Puna Patrol Sergeant Aaron Kaeo Phone: (808) 935-3311 or (808) 965-2716 Report No.: 21-022802 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police are searching for 95-year-old Toyoki Morimoto, who was last seen on Monday, March 22, 2021, in the Orchidland subdivision in Puna. Morimoto walked away from his residence and is in need of medication. […]

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3-22-21 Alaska Man Critically Injured While Working on Truck at Honokohau Harbor

Hawai‘i Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit – Area II Sergeant Thomas Koyanagi Phone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 229 Report No.: 21-022046 Media Release  A 46-year-old Alaska man was seriously injured following a public accident at the Honokohau Small Boat Harbor on Friday, March 19, 2021. Responding to a 2:08 p.m. call, police determined that a light […]

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3-21-21 Police Investigating Man Who Died in Police Custody After Crime Spree

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division – Area II Captain Thomas Shopay III Phone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 263 Report No.: 21-022318 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 29-year-old Hawai`i Island man who died in police custody. Saturday, March 20, 2021, at 11:20 a.m. Ka`u patrol received a […]

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3-20-21 Police Ask for Public’s Assistance in Locating Hilo Runaway Chanel Cumlat-Lewis

Hawai‘i Police Department South Hilo Patrol Division Captain Reed K. Mahuna Phone: (808) 961-2214 Report No.: 21-022145 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 13-year-old Chanel Cumlat-Lewis, who is reported as a runaway. Cumlat-Lewis was last seen at a residence on Kilauea Avenue in Hilo at about 5:00 p.m. […]

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3-20-21 Kona Woman Killed in Captain Cook Crash

Hawai‘i Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit – Area II Sergeant Thomas Koyanagi Phone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 229 Report No.: 21-022130 Media Release  A 19-year-old Kailua-Kona woman died following a single-vehicle collision on Friday, March 19, 2021, near the three-mile marker of Ke Ala O Keawe Road in Captain Cook. The woman has not been positively identified […]

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3-19-21 Missing North Kohala Woman Shauntee Perez Located (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section – Area II Lieutenant Edwin A. Buyten Phone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 266 Report No.: 21-021544 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police report that 33-year-old Shauntee Hoku Perez, who was reported missing by her family, has been located in North Kohala in good health.

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3-18-21 Police Searching for Missing North Kohala Woman Shauntee Perez

Hawai‘i Police Department North Kohala District Captain Jeremie Evangelista Phone: (808) 889-6540 Report No.: 21-021544 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 33-year-old Shauntee Hoku Perez, who was reported missing by her family. Perez is described as being 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 138 pounds, with brown eyes and […]

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3-18-21 Puna Runaway Keith Fukunaga Located (Update)

Hawai’i Police Department Juvenile Aid Section – Area I Officer Corey M. Kaneko, K-9 Handler Phone: (808) 961-8843 Report No.: 20-055017 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police report that 16-year-old Keith Fukunaga of Kurtistown, who was reported as a runaway last year, has been located in Puna in good health.

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3-18-21 Police Identify Body Found in Pa‘auilo Gulch in December 2020

Hawai‘i Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No.: 20-091985 / 20-088159 Media Release  The body of a man discovered in a remote gulch off of Antone Deluz Road in Pa’auilo mauka on December 2, 2020, has been identified as 44-year-old Lester Keala Lorenz, of Honaunau. […]

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3-18-21 Police Ask for Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Puna Woman

Hawai‘i Police Department Puna Patrol Sergeant Bryan Tina Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 21-021497 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 27-year-old Dareece Soares of Kurtistown, who was reported missing by her family. She was last seen on Friday, March 12, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. at a residence in […]

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3-18-21 Police Charge Puna Man for Felony Abuse and Related Offenses

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section – Area I Lieutenant Sandor Finkey Phone: (808) 961-2254 Report No.: 21-020972 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have charged a 32-year-old Puna man with felony abuse and related charges stemming from an incident in Puna. On Monday, March 15, 2021, at 9:26 p.m., Puna patrol officers responded to a […]

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3-17-21 Police Seek Two Men for Using Stolen Credit Cards in Hilo

Hawai‘i Police Department South Hilo Patrol Officer Jessie Welch Phone: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 21-019752 and 21-019767 Media Release  Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two males who were recently caught on video surveillance making fraudulent charges on credit cards at a Hilo business. The incident stems from a motor […]

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3-17-21 Two Female Captains Promoted to Major

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Paul Ferreira Phone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release Police Chief Paul Ferreira has promoted two female captains to the rank of Major effective March 16, 2021. Sherry Bird, a 23-year veteran is now assigned to the Area II Field Operations Bureau, which encompasses the police department’s West Hawaii […]

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